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Lawmakers Upset Over Partial Transportation Funding

This weekend the U.S. Senate wrapped up its work until after Election Day. One of the last orders of business was to pass a bill keeping the government funded for the next six months. But there was a problem with the bill.

Leaders left out half a billion dollars in highway funding, which advocates and lawmakers in the region say must be restored. Maryland Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin says the omission is frustrating because lawmakers already agreed to a two-year highway bill.

"It's important for two reasons," says Cardin. "First the dollars are important. But secondly the message of whether what Congress does means anything. And here we gave a two-year commitment. The money should be there for two years."

Lawmakers say they believe the highway money will be restored in the fall during the lame duck session.

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Colson Whitehead On The Importance Of Historical Fiction In Tumultuous Times

Kojo talks with author Colson Whitehead about his new novel "The Underground Railroad" and its resonance at this particular moment in history.

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Whales, Sea Turtles, Seals: The Unintended Catch Of Abandoned Fishing Gear

An endangered whale was found dead over the weekend, entangled in derelict fishing gear. Such incidents have been on the rise in recent years. A new California law aims to combat the problem.
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Rating The United States On Child Care

A majority of parents in the U.S. work outside the home. That means about 12 million children across the country require care. A new report ranks states on cost, quality and availability of child care - and says nobody is getting it right.

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Tech Giants Team Up To Tackle The Ethics Of Artificial Intelligence

Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and IBM form a group to set the first industrywide best practices for the technology already powering many applications, such as voice and image recognition.

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